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16
Sep
2014

Mena Trott (Blogger/Entrepreneur)

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mena-trott.jpgBefore Tumblr and David Karp, there was Mena Trott. Credited for starting the blogging boom, Trott was an avid blogger with a personal blog way back in 2001.

Dissatisfied with existing blogging tools, she and her husband Ben developed Moveable Type out of their spare bedroom.

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16
Sep
2014

Lauren Bacall (Actress/Model)

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lauren_bacall.jpgLauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014) was an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks.

She first emerged as leading lady in the film noir genre, including appearances in The Big Sleep (1946) and Dark Passage (1947), as well as a comedian in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Designing Woman (1957).

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07
Sep
2014

Ela R. Bhatt (Lawyer)

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ela_r_bhatt.jpgEla R. Bhatt, a lawyer, is widely recognized as one of the world's most remarkable pioneers and entrepreneurial forces in grassroots development.

Known as the "gentle revolutionary," she has dedicated her life to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed citizens.

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06
Sep
2014

Michaelle Jean (Former Governor General of Canada)

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michaella_jean_2.jpgMichaëlle Jean was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1957.

She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1968, fleeing the dictatorial regime of the time.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian and Hispanic languages and literature at the University of Montréal.

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06
Sep
2014

Jane Addams (Social Reformer/Author/Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

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jane-addams.jpgJane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a long complex career, she was a pioneer settlement worker and founder of Hull House  in Chicago, public philosopher (the first American woman in that role), author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. 

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05
Sep
2014

Claudette Colvin (Civil Rights Activist)

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claudette-colvin.jpgClaudette Colvin (born September 5, 1939) is a pioneer of the African American civil rights movement.

She spontaneously resisted Alabaman bus segregation preceding the better known Rosa Parks  incident by nine months, but her case was not publicized for long by black leaders because of her image as an unmarried pregnant woman.

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04
Sep
2014

Joan Rivers (Comedian/Actress)

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joan rivers 2Joan Rosenberg aka Joan Rivers (born Joan Alexandra Molinsky; June 8, 1933 - September 4, 2014) was an American comedian, television personality and actress.

She was known for her brash manner, her loud, raspy voice with a heavy New York accent, as well as her numerous cosmetic surgeries.

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02
Sep
2014

Salma Hayek (Actress/Director/Producer)

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salma-hayek.jpgSalma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican-born American actress of Lebanese descent; she is also a director and producer.

Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood.

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31
Aug
2014

Queen Rania (Queen/Mother/Activist)

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queen-rania.jpgRania Al Abdullah (Arabic: الملكة رانيا العبد الله‎ Rānyā al-‘abdu l-Lāh) (born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970) is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan.

She is one of the world’s most powerful women, and has focused her energy, at home and abroad, on a variety of causes, notably education.

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29
Aug
2014

Sylvia Earle (Oceanographer / Explorer)

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sylvia-earle.jpgSylvia Earle has been called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and “Hero for the Planet” by Time.

She is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.

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22
Aug
2014

Dorothy Parker (Poet/Satirist)

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dorothy-parker.jpgDorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles.

From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.

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19
Aug
2014

Coco Chanel (Designer/Founder Chanel)

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coco-chanel.jpgGabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a pioneering French fashion designer whose modernist philosophy, menswear-inspired fashions, and pursuit of expensive simplicity made her an important figure in 20th-century fashion.

She was the founder of the famous fashion brand Chanel.

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13
Aug
2014

Annie Oakley (Sharpshooter/Superstar)

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annie-oakley.jpgAnnie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926), born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter.

Oakley's amazing talent and timely rise to fame led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar.

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13
Aug
2014

Mae West (Actress/ Screenwriter/Sex Symbol)

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mae-west.jpgMae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol.

Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in Vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship.

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12
Aug
2014

Julia Child (Chef/Author/TV Personality)

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julia-child.jpgJulia Child (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author, and television personality.

She is recognized for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, notably The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

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